militate


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mil·i·tate

 (mĭl′ĭ-tāt′)
intr.v. mil·i·tat·ed, mil·i·tat·ing, mil·i·tates
To have force or influence; bring about an effect or a change: "The chaste banality of his prose ... militates against the stories' becoming literature" (Anthony Burgess).

[Latin mīlitāre, mīlitāt-, to serve as a soldier, from mīles, mīlit-, soldier.]

militate

(ˈmɪlɪˌteɪt)
vb
(intr; usually foll by against or for) (of facts, actions, etc) to have influence or effect: the evidence militated against his release.
[C17: from Latin mīlitātus, from mīlitāre to be a soldier]
ˌmiliˈtation n
Usage: See at mitigate

mil•i•tate

(ˈmɪl ɪˌteɪt)

v.i. -tat•ed, -tat•ing.
1. to have a substantial effect; weigh heavily: His prison record militated against him.
2. Obs.
a. to be a soldier.
b. to fight for a belief.
[1615–25; < Latin mīlitātus, past participle of mīlitāre to serve as a soldier, derivative of mīles, s. mīlit- soldier; see -ate1]
mil`i•ta′tion, n.
usage: See mitigate.

militate


Past participle: militated
Gerund: militating

Imperative
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Present
I militate
you militate
he/she/it militates
we militate
you militate
they militate
Preterite
I militated
you militated
he/she/it militated
we militated
you militated
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Present Continuous
I am militating
you are militating
he/she/it is militating
we are militating
you are militating
they are militating
Present Perfect
I have militated
you have militated
he/she/it has militated
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Past Continuous
I was militating
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he/she/it was militating
we were militating
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Past Perfect
I had militated
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he/she/it had militated
we had militated
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Future
I will militate
you will militate
he/she/it will militate
we will militate
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Future Perfect
I will have militated
you will have militated
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Future Continuous
I will be militating
you will be militating
he/she/it will be militating
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you will be militating
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been militating
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he/she/it has been militating
we have been militating
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they have been militating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been militating
you will have been militating
he/she/it will have been militating
we will have been militating
you will have been militating
they will have been militating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been militating
you had been militating
he/she/it had been militating
we had been militating
you had been militating
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Conditional
I would militate
you would militate
he/she/it would militate
we would militate
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Past Conditional
I would have militated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.militate - have force or influence; bring about an effect or change; "Politeness militated against this opinion being expressed"
act upon, influence, work - have and exert influence or effect; "The artist's work influenced the young painter"; "She worked on her friends to support the political candidate"

militate

verb
militate against something counteract, conflict with, contend with, count against, oppose, counter, resist, be detrimental to, weigh against, tell against Her background militates against her. see mitigate
Translations

militate

[ˈmɪlɪteɪt] VI to militate againstmilitar en contra de

militate

vi to militate against/in favour (Brit) or favor (US) of somethingfür/gegen etw sprechen

militate

[ˈmɪlɪˌteɪt] vi to militate againstpregiudicare, essere di ostacolo a
References in classic literature ?
It is a common remark, and one that is thought to militate strongly against the character of the race, that the negro overseer is always more tyrannical and cruel than the white one.
For if it happened that an individual, even when asleep, had some very distinct idea, as, for example, if a geometer should discover some new demonstration, the circumstance of his being asleep would not militate against its truth; and as for the most ordinary error of our dreams, which consists in their representing to us various objects in the same way as our external senses, this is not prejudicial, since it leads us very properly to suspect the truth of the ideas of sense; for we are not infrequently deceived in the same manner when awake; as when persons in the jaundice see all objects yellow, or when the stars or bodies at a great distance appear to us much smaller than they are.
Referring the examination of the principle itself to another place, as has been already mentioned, it will be sufficient to remark here that, in the sense of the author who has been most emphatically quoted upon the occasion, it would only dictate a reduction of the SIZE of the more considerable MEMBERS of the Union, but would not militate against their being all comprehended in one confederate government.
I told him he might have a dozen if he wished, but that it would not be wise to have more than one solicitor engaged in one transaction, as only one could act at a time, and that to change would be certain to militate against his interest.
The fact that there was nothing to see didn't militate for the worthy woman against what one MIGHT see, and she put it frankly to Miss Staverton that no lady could be expected to like, could she?
Where you frequent a house it may militate very much against a girl's making a desirable settlement in life, and prevent her from accepting offers even if they are made.
The wily Malay had long refrained from pillaging the Ithaca for fear such an act might militate against the larger villainy he purposed perpetrating against her white owner, but when he rounded the point and came in sight of the stranded wreck he put all such thoughts from him and made straight for the helpless hulk to glean whatever of salvage might yet remain within her battered hull.
In every other spot the fire must necessarily be oblique, which would seriously militate against the success of the experiment.
Any man who attains a high place among you, from the President downwards, may date his downfall from that moment; for any printed lie that any notorious villain pens, although it militate directly against the character and conduct of a life, appeals at once to your distrust, and is believed.
WATCHING the amazing scenes at the Calais end of the Channel tunnel, I think back to those people who argued against its construction on the grounds that this would militate against our national security and that Great Britain's days of "splendid isolation" would be over.
Even good quality childcare will not alone militate against the effects of deprivation and disadvantage; early intervention working with parents, as well as children, will have the best long-term outcomes.
However, a number of challenges militate against grid-connected solar-energy- sources electricity supply.